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I ' ' . L.~ ~IJ~.J& JlZ ~2~..:,~ ~.o..,,~,, .,,, .~.~.~ _,di~-~ ~ .-. 4i28i20t3 N Smaii Town Papers- 2i 7 ~N Cota St Sneiton Wa 98584 Hometown Newspaper of Judy Brown Serving the Sweet Home communitY since 1929 Wednesday, March 21, 201.2 Vol. 83, No, 12 75 Cents ruc rnover Firefighters examine an over- turned truck near milepost 34 on Highway 20 on Friday at about 4:16 p.m. The truck, driven by Thomas Clarence Ew'alante n Shooting Star Transport, flipped over when its load shifted while negotiating a curve, losing the load. The driver cut his hand get- tmg out. He was cited/or careless driving. Photos by Sean C. Morgan City: No tie to plumbing repair ads By Scan C. M0raan Of The New Era The city of Sweet Home has been receiving calls from confused residents regarding an advertise- ment by a compatly called Home- Serve USA Repair Management Corp., a company that has no ties to the city, water and sewer utilities. "We've had a lot of calls on it." gald City Manager Craiz Mar- tin. "It's a private company that provides essentially maintenance coverage for their water lines at home." The advertisement is an of- ficial-looking document that asks residents to ':please respond by" a specific date. It is similar to advertisements in newspapers that are made to look like news stories, Martin said. Such newspaper advertisements typi- cally have the words "'paid adver- tisement" printed at the top of the advertisement to differentiate them from news stories. The direct mail advertisement See Repair, page 8 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Steve Holy, right works his way through his repertoire of hits at the La- Sells Stewart Centerat Oregon State University Thursday evening during the Oregon Jamboree's annual mystery concert. For more photos, see page 8. By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home has sent the city' of Lebanon a bill for more than $60,000 to cover training costs for two police officers who left the city to take better-paying jobs with the Lebanon police ~OAlie[ UlIS yeizff. City Manager Craig Martin said the city sent the bill Dec. 22 after it became apparent that Leba- non was hiring three Sweet Home officers, including two who had been trained within the last three years. 'Justin lUleC~ubi3~n~. Taylor Jackson and Chad Christenson resigned in December to take po- sitions with Lebanon. moves that left Sweet Home Police Depart- ment down four out of the 10 of- ricers it had most of last year. The fourth position was va- cated when Officer Randy Gill resigned, and the department was planning to leave it open for bud- getary reasons. Their departures followed a period of tense negotiations be- tween the city and the Sweet Home Police Department Emergency Services Union. which ended in early r, ovemoer when unton mem- bers voted to approve an agree- ment providing a 3-percent raise for police and dispatch employees for the 2010-11 fiscal year. no in- crease in 2011-12 and a 3-percent increase to salaries in 2012-13. Their decision came after the city found out that its police budget would be $283.000 short, thanks to declines in property values and in- creasing tax compressmn that seri- ously reduced city revenues. Martin said the fact that two of the departing officers were re- cent trainees was the reason Sweet See Police, page 5 t Incumbents, 3 newcomers elected to SHEDG board seats By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home Economic Development Group elected three new board members and re-elected two incumbents last week during the organization's annual meeting held on March 14. New SHEDG board mem- bers included Cindy Glick, Phyllis Osborn-Smith and Rachel Kittson- MaQatish. Kellie Kern and Carol Crom- well were re-elected. Other nominees included Joe Graybill, Bryan Hayes, JoAnn McQueary, Bill-Nyara and Nancy Patton. The 11 SHEDG board mem- bers are responsible for oversight and decision making for the non- profit organization, which puts" on the annual Oregon Jamboree coun- try music and camping festival and some smaller concerts, and uses profits from those events to finance econormc development in Sweet Home, Carol Cromwell Cromwell is a lifetime resident of the area in her 27th year at Linn- Co Federal Credit Union, where she is chief executive officer. She holds an associate's de- gree in accounting and a bachelor of science degree in business man- agement. She has been a volunteer for See SHEDG, page 3 SHEDG board members elected Wednesday, March 14. include.from left, Phyllis Osborn-Smith. Cindy Glick, Carol Cromwell and Kellie Kern. Not pictured is Rachel Kittson-MaQatish. Ex-teacher gets 30 days for sex abuse Michael Joseph Morrell. who was the business teacher at Sweet Home High School. was sentenced to two 30-day jail sentences on Feb. 22 after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. A third sexual abuse charge was dbmissed as pan of a plea bargam. The sentences were to be served concurrently. See Court, page 11 ,I